A man wanted in connection with a slaying in Colorado stole an airplane from a Utah airport Tuesday, then crashed it and killed himself with a shot to the head, officials said.
The man was identified as Brian Hedglin, 40, an employee of SkyWest, said Marc Mortensen, assistant to the city manager of St. George, Utah; the city of about 80,000 people is in the southwestern corner of the state.
Hedglin threw a rug over a razor wire fence at the St. George Municipal Airport early Tuesday, Mortensen said in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times. Wearing leather gloves, Hedglin climbed over the fence and got access to a SkyWest jet about 12:50 a.m.
Hedglin drove the plane past the terminal, clipped one wing on the building, then crashed the plane into some cars. A police officer on his security rounds found the plane in a parking lot, boarded it and found Hedglin dead from a shot to the head, Mortensen said.
Mortensen estimated the damage at several hundred thousand dollars. The airport terminal is scheduled to reopen Tuesday afternoon.
In a prepared statement posted on its website, SkyWest confirmed the incident and said an employee on administrative leave was involved. The airline did not identify Hedglin by name.